To me.. the media is an enigma.. and how our news cycle works

One “loose nut” goes on a rampage and it takes up nearly all the media news for hours if not days. I woke up this AM.. to the news that today’s ” nutcase de jour” decided to open fire in a theater of people who came out at MID-NIGHT to watch a new BATMAN movie. […]

when expressing concerns is not complaining

Fear is a two way street… you fear losing your job and the means of paying your bills and your corporate employer fears having their reputation damaged and losing profits. All the people in your corporation above you.. has fear of the ultimate boss “the stock market”. Fear and paranoia is rampant within the corporation… […]

If it isn’t documented .. it didn’t happen

I have often told Pharmacists that -outside of the Rx filling process -we document too little and that there is a major difference between expressing concerns about something and COMPLAINING. The first is typically expressed to supervisors/management and kept within the company’s infrastructure. The latter is when your concerns are not addressed and you are […]

Read the rules – DAMN IT!

Here is a quote from the Indiana practice act “Qualifying pharmacist” means the pharmacist who will qualify the pharmacy by being responsible to the board for the legal operations of the pharmacy under the permit. — this is the PIC definition — compare it to your practice act… Here is the definition of a what […]

Could there be some common sense at Rite Aid?

Several months ago, Rite Aid started a promotion of a 15 minute ready guarantee for up to 3 Rxs or the pt would get a gift card. Three states within days issued a “cease and desist” on the promotion. Who in their right mind would put a time metric on filling Rxs. Now that page […]

Press Release – FAA Proposes Sweeping New Rule to Fight Pilot Fatigue

http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=11839 Isn’t it a shame that healthcare bureaucrats (pharmacy, nursing, medical boards) don’t have the same concerns about people’s lives. It is reported that our health care system KILLS 100,000 people every year by medical errors and harms another 1.5 million by medication errors. One plane crash in 2009 and the FAA moves slowly -albeit […]

the company uses industry-leading standards

http://www.mercurynews.com/san-mateo-county-times/ci_19500448 Redwood City woman sues over pharmacy’s prescription mix-up that left her gravely ill The woman in the above story got the prescription bottle in her bag that was suppose to be for someone else and didn’t read the bottle label and took the meds, this happened at a CVS. The CVS spokesperson stated that […]

Drive thru window – the new street corner pusher?

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20111125/NEWS01/111250334/Law-bans-drive-thru-pain-scripts Law bans drive-thru pain ‘scripts… In our continued war on drugs and its “fill & chase” program… the drive thru window has apparently become the new gateway to get bogus controlled substance Rxs past pharmacy staff. While apparently pharmacies have focused their digital security cameras to the inside of the store, monitoring the drive […]

Even when you do your job right.. you can get sued

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/nov/24/court-ruling/ Imagine warning a patient that their new prescription is for a drug that your records note that they are allergic to. The patient denies being allergic to the drug and requests that you fill it. The patient takes the medication and DIES ! The patient’s family sues you and the chain that you work […]

So you think that the PMP (Prescription Monitoring Program) will help you find addicts/diverters?

At one point in time, I thought that the PMP programs now in 30 odd states was a good idea. Healthcare professionals would have a database of those trying to obtain opiates & controlled substances from multiple prescribers and/or pharmacies. After roughly 10 yrs… some of the states are linking their individual databases so that […]

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